Iâ€™d like to say, â€œYou never really know when you do good in the world.â€ But that would be untrue. I am fortunate to have done a little good in the world and I do know it. Not Nelson Mandela good or Dalai Lama good; move down the good continuum scale, and while I may not be at the very far end, I know, that in my small world, Iâ€™ve done some good.
As my dad always says, â€œIt ainâ€™t bragging if it is true.â€ I usually tell him, â€œYes, it is.â€
So, while Iâ€™d like to think Iâ€™m not bragging, something came back to me last night in such a wonderful way that at first, I thoughtâ€¦ You never know. But the truth is we do know. I just didnâ€™t know this!
Last night was the first holiday party of the year for me. The O had its company Christmas party and I have to tell you, they know how to party! This wasnâ€™t a sit down dinner like in years past, this time we gathered at someoneâ€™s home and servers in white shirts and black pants, walked around with trays and trays of food, all night long! Shrimp, lamb, asparagus with ham, salmon, cheese balls, cake, and on and on. It seemed like something different and wonderful came by sometimes as the last tasty morsel was still on the tongue. It was great.
We had a secret Santa give away, where you got someoneâ€™s name and they got yours. Usually I donâ€™t like this. One year my Santa didnâ€™t come to the party, last night about 5 didnâ€™t show up, so quite a few folks went home without a present. I was lucky. My Santa was very good to me. Chocolate! Canâ€™t go wrong there.
Anyway, as I got ready to leave as the karaoke was starting up, the young woman who was serving drinks all night, called out to me. â€œAre you Jan?â€ She said, she didnâ€™t recognize me because my hair is some much longer than it was more than 12 years ago. She told me her name was Beverley and that I taught her self-defence when she was in grade 8. She just wanted me to know, â€œThat class literally saved my lifeâ€¦ twice!â€
My jaw dropped. My heart skipped. My eyes welled up.
She went on to say that, she is now a teacher, and she passes on self defence lessons to the young girls in her life, and added that she encourages them to learn Jujitsu as well!
She excused herself as she needed to get back to work. But she just wanted to let me know, that I had â€œdone something goodâ€.
Let the holidays begin!